Heading to the Hill to make their case. We do not want the situation to escalate. This is about deterrence, not about war. We’re not about going to war. This is about continuing to protect our interests in the Middle East and conducting the missions that there we are there to perform. Recent attacks on Persian Gulf oil tankers and Saudi pipelines, possibly the work of Iran, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. If it continues, the president has left the door open for action. I think Iran would be making a very big mistake if they did anything. If they do something, it will be met with great force. But we have no indication that they will. But the briefing did not convince some lawmakers. I worry very much, and intentionally or unintentionally we can create a situation in which a war will take place, and let me tell you: I think when you do that, you’re talking about a war that will go on and on and on. The war of words continued on Twitter.
Iran’s foreign minister telling trump to try respect: It works. The Trump administration withdrawal from the nuclear agreement with Iran removed us leverage, Democrats say. If the Iranians aren’t ready to talk and they are ramping up their provocative actions in the region, that would seem to be a pretty significant indictment of our current policy right now. But the tougher U.S. stance on Iran’s nuclear program has helped, Republicans said. We’re at a point in time where we’re pushing back against the regime, and we’re resetting the rules of engagement, so we’re letting them know that you’ve attacked us in the past; you provided IEDs during the Iraq war that killed at least 300 Americans. Those days are over. But that stance is tied to politics not policy, Democrats said.
Secretary Pompeo made a very lengthy political argument. He argued that here’s all the terrible things that have Iran had done and he spent about 10 minutes. I don’t like cut him off, making that our hats, and as every member who stood up said, we know Iran is bad. OK. What is the policy going forward? Domestic political concerns could make that Iran strategy a tough sell for Trump. The divide down party lines over foreign policy comes as an increasing number of Democrats call for the president’s impeachment.
Katherine Gypson, VOA news Capitol Hill.
1. If the Iranians aren’t ready to talk and they are ramping up their provocative actions in the region,
ramp up 逐渐升温，加强
The overarching approach is to start small in each of the domains and ramp up quickly after achieving early successes and learning lessons.
2. We’re at a point in time where we’re pushing back against the regime,
push back against 抵制，反击
The government has, at times, attempted to push back against such pessimism.
伊朗外长告诉特朗普试着尊重别人，因为尊重别人真地有效果 。特朗普政府退出伊朗核协议一事削弱了美国的影响力，一些民主党议员如是说道 。如果伊朗没有做好会谈的准备，并且在酝酿其在中东地区的挑衅行为的话，这就是我们对当前政策的一个重要提示 。但是美国对伊朗核项目更加强硬的立场有效果了呀，一些共和党议员如是说道 。现在我们正处于抵制伊朗政权的时候，我们正在重新设置参与核谈的规则，因此我们要让伊朗明白：你们过去袭击过我们；你们在伊拉克战争期间提供给了简易爆炸装置，导致至少300名美国人死亡 。那段时期已经过去 。但这个立场与政治有关，与美国政策无关，一些民主党议员如是说道 。
国务卿蓬佩奥做了一段冗长的政治讲话 。他指出了伊朗所做的滔天罪行，耗时十分钟长篇大论 。我不想打断他，这是我们的责任 。而且，正如每位站起来发言的同仁所说的那样，我们都知道伊朗居心叵测 。那么，未来的政策方向是什么呢？国内的政治忧虑会让特朗普很难接受伊朗战略 。两党在外交政策上产生分歧之际正值越来越多的民主党议员呼吁弹劾特朗普之时 。
感谢收听Katherine Gypson从国会大楼发回的报道 。。我们不希望问题升级 。这是有关威慑的问题，与战争无关 。我们不是要打仗，而是要继续保护美国在中东地区的利益，以及完成我们在中东本来要完成的使命 。最近，有袭击发生在波斯湾油轮和沙特输油管道，国务卿蓬佩奥如是说道 。如果情况继续，特朗普总鸥汀不排除采取行动的可能 。我认为伊朗如果真有所为，那就是大错特错 。如果伊朗真有所为，就会面临美国的强大武力 。但我们也不确定伊朗是否会有所行动 。但这次发布会没能说服一些议员 。我非常担心，我担心我们有意无意地引发战争 。我认为，一旦我们引发战争，这场战争就会持续下去 。推特上现在还嘴仗不停 。